Category: Brain

The Power of a Smile

A few years ago, I remember commuting to an event in San Francisco on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).   I remember sitting on the train and observing so many people glued to their electronic devices.   Heads down, face without a smile, as I thought to myself this is the new norm.   I was saddened to experience

Breathe cool with Sitali

Written by: Shalyni Paiyappilly Sitali Pranayama is known as the “cooling breath” as it allows air to flow across the tongue and into the mouth. This breathing practice is beneficial in calming the nervous system, improving focus, reducing anxiety and anger, and it can serve as the perfect reprieve during the hot summer months. How

Dealing With Anxiety

Written by: Katrin Mersch I know the time we are living in right now can be really scary. Especially now during the pandemic we learn that nothing really ever is safe in life and that change is the only constant we can rely on. We worry about our health, our income, our job, our family

Pranayama Breathing

Pratipaksha Bhavana: Positivity is Always an Option

Written by: Sojourner Walker Williams Pratipaksha Bhavana, the practice of choosing positivity, does not always come easily or naturally. When life gets in the way of our plans, it’s much easier to see the negative side of things. You walk through the doorway and stumble over the raised strip on the floor – “I hate this house!”

Yoga is the Practice of Life

Written by: Jennifer Smeddy Part of the yoga practice is learning to be present in the current moment and to be the observer of your life. When you practice yoga poses (asanas) the practice is teaching you to be the observer. Consider how you need to focus and observe your breath during your asana practice.

4-7-8 Breathing

Written by: This pranayama has helped me immensely with anxiety.  It’s a very simple breath that can reduce anxiety, help improve sleep, manage cravings, and controlling feelings of anger.   You can practice this by sitting upright or laying down while inhaling for 4 seconds, holding the breath 7 seconds, then exhaling for 8 seconds. 

Gratitude Journal

Written by: Jennifer Smeddy Early in my yoga journey I knew I needed to find something to help with my overactive mind and how I could always seem to find an issue in a situation. A close friend of mine suggested keeping a morning gratitude journal. This is how my daily gratitude journal started a

EFT Tapping 

Written by: Nandini Trivedi In today’s world, there are so many different healing modalities other than modern medicine. The beauty of this is that there is help when we need it and it is very accessible. One method that has truly helped me get to the root of my issues and clear them is “EFT”

Anxiety is Painful, Nadi Shodhana Can Help

Written by: Ruthie Hanan I know I don’t even need to say it, but boy is it a crazy time.  None of us have ever experienced anything like what our world is currently going through with the coronavirus. Those who have never experienced anxiety are likely to now experience it, and those who have suffered

The Brain-Gut Connection

Written by: Nandini Trivedi Believe it or not, emotions have the power to affect our organs internally. What we don’t deal with at the surface eventually goes deep into our body and can turn into disease. For example, many people experience anxiety and depression and that can affect their stomach and eating. This is scientifically